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Have you ever tried fresh, homemade pasta? If you’re a pasta lover – the taste of fresh made pasta is totally different from the dehydrated ones you see in plastic packs in the supermarket. Fresh pasta owes much of it’s distinct flavor and texture due to the addition of eggs and the formation of gluten in the kneading process. Gluten gives the noodles a firm, chewier texture and fresh eggs give the pasta a nice yellow color and an eggy taste.
In Bacolod, you don’t have to look very far for excellent pasta! Capriccioso Deli Ristorante is a new restaurant that offers Italian dishes as well as delicious, freshly made pasta. We went to visit them and we tried out the awesome things that they had on their menu.
We were browsing through their menu when we saw something that caught our eye – a smoked ham platter! Since Christmas is fast approaching we decided to give the ham a try.
Capriccioso Deli Ristorante makes their own ham that they smoke and then glaze. Unlike other hams, their ham is not salty at all. Instead it has a mild, distinct flavor. They use local ingredients – the meat, the bread in their platter are all sourced locally.
Our pasta dishes then arrived.. We opted to try the Ravioli Truffle Porcini.
Ravioli is a sort of dumpling in which two layers of pasta enclose a delicious, savory filling. Capriccioso’s Ravioli Truffle Porcini is filled with pesto and ricotta cheese and served with a delicate cream sauce. As I chewed, the ravioli burst in my mouth releasing the rich, creamy cheese and pesto. Absolutely delicious!
We opted to try a different type of pasta, the Tagliatelle Truffle Porcini. Tagliatelle is a type of pasta, ribbon-like and flat in shape. It has a porous texture so it holds sauces much better. The firm, long noodles were firm and chewy – just the way I like my pasta.
For dessert we had one of their sweet little rum butter cakes. Delicate and fluffy. Capriccioso Deli Ristorante also has Panettone Cakes – a type of italian cake filled with fruits and nuts.
Capriccioso Deli Ristorante is owned by the same owners as Casa Del Formaggio – the only cheese makers here in Bacolod! The owners make the cheese from milk sourced from local dairy farmers in Murcia and they have a lot of different kinds of cheese ranging from mozzarella to peperoncino (pepper cheese!)
I’m really proud of the cheese that Casa Del Formaggio makes! It’s so inspiring to see that local ingredients sourced from local Negrense farmers can make world-class quality products. You normally wouldn’t associate a hot tropical country such as the Philippines to be a cheese producer and yet in our beautiful island of Negros, there exists beautiful, Italian-style cheese.
Here are some of Casa Del Formaggio’s awesome products! We highly recommend their Mozzarella cheese!
Real authentic Mozzarella is white in color and firm to the touch. Casa Del Formaggio stores its mozarella in pouches filled with brine to preserve the mozzarella cheese. The words “Fior de Latte” on the packaging means that the mozzarella is made from fresh pasteurized milk. We bought a pouch to take home and the mozzarella was in a round compact ball with a springy, rubbery texture. Melted down, it became soft and easy to spread!
Please try out Capriccioso Deli Ristorante. They’ve got a lot of delicious food on their menu besides pasta. It’s a great place! They’ve got Italian wines, beer, cakes, roasted chicken, lasagna, a whole lot more!
Capriccioso Deli Ristorante
Open: 11:00 am to 11:00pm.
CSI Building, 15th Lacson Street, Beside L’Fisher and Sharetea.
Contact number: 0927 377 5248